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GRM Internationalin association with Channel Researchwill be hosting the annual 3 day Evaluation of Humanitarian Action (EHA) training workshop in Geneva from 9 – 11 June 2015. The aim of the course is to make evaluations more effective in contributing to the improved performance of humanitarian interventions and to enhance the quality of the evaluation process. The course is facilitated by highly experienced evaluators and trainers, Margie Buchanan Smith and John Cosgrave, who also co-authored the ALNAP guide. (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)). There will be many opportunities for learning and exchange between participants.…
A well-planned and transparent approach to opening an office will mitigate many of the risks involved. The process is not linear and every situation will have different requirements. However, by applying a logical and organised process, setting up an office and finding accommodation is possible in most locations across the globe.   This guide provides an easy-to-follow process detailing the recommended steps when opening an office where the property market may be complex and/or ambiguous. While the guide refers to an ‘office’, the process is equally relevant to any building e.g. accommodation, hospital, warehouse, etc. It is recognised that in different…
Bring your lunch and join Amy Rhoades (IOM's Humanitarian Communications Programme Manager) and Sarah Mace (previously OCHA's Iraq Communication with Communities Coordinator), to discuss learning from setting up Iraq's first inter-agency two way communications centre for displaced communities. For the first time, a national toll-free hotline for populations affected by the recent displacements in Iraq is being implemented as an inter-agency initiative, involving IOM, NRC, UNHCR, UNOPS, WFP, and World Vision. The hotline provides information about humanitarian aid such as food distribution points, medical services, and shelter. Using Community Response Map, an online feedback platform, the call centre also registers…
In just a few years from now, the face of international humanitarian action as we know it will be irrevocably transformed. People and communities affected by crisis - informed, connected and empowered through easy access to technology - will choose from increasingly diverse sources of aid, be they public or private, local or international, while the aid industry risks becoming precisely that: a large-scale business. The role of "traditional" humanitarian actors - beyond helping to facilitate this inexorable power shift - will be limited to pockets of "off grid" situations of protracted conflict and extreme violence, where access will be…
The Humanitarian Innovation Project is delighted to announce the 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Conference, in partnership with the World Humanitarian Summit. Hosted in Oxford on 17 and 18 July 2015, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘facilitating innovation’. As interest and dialogue around humanitarian innovation continues to expand, conference participants are invited to explore the challenges of creating an enabling environment for humanitarian innovation.
Dear HPN members,           The Urban Floods Community of Practice (UFCOP) is holding an online dialogue on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management from February 9 -20, 2015. During this online forum experts, practitioners and policy makers will explore cross-cutting solutions and innovative approaches in dealing with urban flood risk and discuss lessons learned from a wide range of projects and experiences across regions. Topics to be covered will include flood risk modelling, hazard monitoring, adaptive engineered measures, community-based disaster preparedness and “green” mitigation solutions. You are cordially invited to participate in this Urban Flood Development Dialogue and share your experiences and…
Affordable housing experts have long argued that housing is ‘both the stock of dwelling units (a noun) and the process by which that stock is created and maintained (a verb)’.[1] They have also advocated for ‘supporting’ rather than ‘providing’ approaches: enabling families to upgrade their own housing situation through improved access to and management of land, finance, services, materials, skills and labour rather than the provision of completed houses.[2] Over 30 years after Ian Davis described shelter after disaster as ‘a process, not as an object’,[3] process- oriented approaches to post-disaster housing are still rarely implemented on the ground.[4] From…
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013, killing 6,300 people and injuring another 29,000. An estimated four million people were displaced from their homes. This article reflects on Catholic Relief Service (CRS)’s urban shelter and settlement recovery programme in Tacloban City. The programme, which offers a ‘menu of options’ to households, works closely with affected communities to find shelter solutions by putting decision- making power in the hands of households themselves. The USAID/OFDA and CRS urban shelter and settlements recovery programme The Humanitarian Communities’ Strategic Response Plan for Typhoon Haiyan, approved by the national government, states that families…
As Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November 2013, aid agencies and donors alike realised that, if ever there were an environment where cash transfers would be appropriate, it was the Philippines. Some 16 million people were affected; 1.1m houses were damaged or destroyed, 4.1m people were displaced and around 6,200 lost their lives. In response, at least 45 international humanitarian agencies implemented cash transfer programmes in one of the most sophisticated humanitarian cash interventions to date. This article reflects on the author’s experience of delivering cash in the Philippines and draws out some key observations, challenges and opportunities for…
In an attempt to better understand the new aid landscape, Me´decins Sans Frontie`res (MSF) conducted three studies to see how MSF field teams interact with ‘new’ aid actors, and how decisions on these relations were made. Three countries where MSF was involved in emergency response in 2013 were selected: Mali, Syria and the Philippines. Actors encountered during these studies included international NGOs from the Middle East and Asia, non-European Red Cross and Red Crescent societies working internationally, diaspora groups, regional organisations, governmental agencies, local NGOs and private sector organisations. Mali Following the resumption of a rebellion in 2012 and a…
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